March 25, 2022

Memory Care HERstory

Category: Senior Living

Author: Sydney Krieger

My name is Sydney Krieger, and I’m the memory care director here at Vitalia Active Adult Community – Montrose. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to take a moment to celebrate Clara, one of our neighborhood residents! 

Born and raised in the Akron, Ohio area and growing up as a twin in a family of nine children and two sets of twins, Clara T. had a love of babies that started early and lasted late. Though she never had any children of her own, her life was defined by babies. It’s unknown how many infants were saved through Clara’s work as a neonatal nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital over her 37 years of service, but she was always eager to help – including volunteering for helicopter flights to pick up babies in need from outlying areas. Clara married her husband, Robert, in 1967, the start of a union of over 46 years. They traveled the world together, including to Finland. Clara is a devout Catholic who loves to chat and spend time outdoors. Though retired, she continues to be a helper at heart.

I feel it is important to honor the stories and history of individuals with dementia, because it defines a huge part and plays a big role in who they are today. Many times their past can play a role today in different situations, many times even reliving or believing they are in that past moment in history that is most important to them.

In the Vitalia Montrose Neighborhood, we connect with individuals living with dementia by sitting down together after meals or an event and sharing stories of our past, including families, jobs, and holidays.

For more HERstories, check out these recent episodes of Arrow Nicely News!

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